Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Popeyes Chicken: The Wicked & The Naked
Hemingway wrote of F. Scott Fitzgerald in A Moveable Feast, a book which you probably are not surprised to learn I enjoy: "If he could write a book as fine as The Great Gatsby I was sure that he could write an even better one."
If Popeyes can make an item as good as their Red Hot Popcorn Chicken or Crawfish Po' Boy, I am sure that they can make a better one.
Popeyes "Wicked Chicken" isn't completely new: it was released last summer, too. But it just didn't interest me. The chicken looked like it would be small, shriveled pieces containing very little meat. Do you remember KFC's popcorn when it initially debuted 20+ years ago? They were basically breaded and fried pieces of chicken skin, with almost no meat to them. (This is not a complaint by the way; at the time I loved them.) That's what Popeyes Wicked Chicken looked like.
My assumptions about the chicken were incorrect. What else is new? The chicken was delicious and the pieces had plenty of meat on them. Yes, they were formed smaller than chicken tenders usually are, but they still were tender, juicy chunks of white meat chicken.
This Wicked Chicken was great and I would be glad to get it again, even if that just means next year when it presumably will be released again.
There was another reason I chose to visit Popeyes: they have yet another promotion out as well: their "Lousiana Leaux Get Up & Geaux!" menu. Despite having a ridiculous name, the four menu items are advertised as being healthy.
"[They] have a significant reduction in fat, calories, cholesterol and sodium when compared to current menu items," the Popeyes website points out. I got a kick out of this; it reminded me of a lawyer joke I once heard that ended with a punchline like "What he said was true but it told us absolutely nothing."
Yes, the items on the "Leaux" menu are much healthier than most Popeyes items, but considering that pretty much everything on the Popeyes menu is breaded and fried - even the French fries are "cajun battered" - it is not any great accomplishment for Popeyes to make healthier items. All they had to do was take a piece of meat and not batter and fry it.
They also offer a "Naked BBQ Chicken Po' Boy" that is this same chicken on a toasted baguette with BBQ sauce, lettuce and pickles, weighing in at only 340 calories and 7 grams of fat. I would not mind checking that out one of these days.
Hemingway was wrong about Fitzgerald, he was not capable of writing anything better than The Great Gatsby. This is not a shame; no one was capable of that. (Hemingway on his best day could not have dreamed of writing anything as good as the final four paragraphs of Gatsby.)
And I don't think Popeyes is capable of making anything better than their annual crawfish po' boy. But the Wicked Chicken was much better than I expected it to be and the Naked Tender was pretty good, too.
Posted by JustinM at 10:15 AM